HTC One M9 vs Apple iPhone 6: in-depth specs comparison

Ahh, comparing the new HTC One M9 with the noble iPhone 6. If you really asked us which one's better, we'd tell you we'd gladly take both and sail away to a sunny island with fast Internet! But we won't be doing that just now. Here's an in-depth specs comparison of the two!

Design


Metal can take many shapes and forms, which is why the HTC One M9 and the iPhone 6 have distinctive, iconic designs, despite sharing their material DNA. The One M9 follows HTC's well established all-metal design line, and it does so in a safe, a bit overtly familiar way. At first sight, it's a little bit difficult to tell the M9 and its predecessor apart, but at some point you will surely notice that the M9 looks more like that melded the best elements of the HTC One (M7) and One (M8). With ancestors like these, there's no way the M9 could possibly turn up ugly - and it is, without questions, another extremely impressive smartphone from HTC and another candidate for the most sharp-dressed Android around. Measuring 144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61mm and weighing in at 157g, it's hardly the slimmest phone out there, but to those of you that prefer their smartphones with a bit of a healty heft to them, it must be a godsend.


As for the iPhone 6, its anodized aluminum body looks as great as it always did. It doesn't have HTC's front-firing stereo speakers, neither it sports those wonderfully thin side bezels, but it's an unquestionable looker nevertheless. It measures a 138.1 x 67 x 6.9 mm, it is quite a bit smaller and slimmer than the M9, but it also dons a smaller screen, so don't forget to take that into account. The iPhone 6 also has a Home button with an embedded fingerprint sensor - keep that in mind if you are on the lookout for fingerprint security!


Display


Shunning resolution and pixel density extremities, the HTC One M9 flaunts a perfectly good 5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display. We will really have to put it through our display test procedures to get an accurate assessment of its properties, but for the most part, things look really really good on it! HTC is pretty good at tuning those displays for natural, if slightly cold colors, in addition to getting them all nice and bright, so we have some good expectations towards the M9's display performance!



Meanwhile, the iPhone 6 makes do with a 4.7-inch LCD display tuned to a typically weird Apple resolution of 750x1334 pixels. Weird the resolution may be, and it may have a lower pixel density at 326 pixels per inch (the HTC One M9 dials it up to 440ppi), but anyone who's seen an iPhone 6 in person will tell you that its laminated display looks mighty fine! And that's the truth - sufficiently bright and reasonably color-accurate, the iPhone 6's display is another successful Apple & LG Display production!


Interface


The HTC One M9 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop topped off with the HTC Sense 7 interface. It's one of the prettiest and fastest custom interfaces to grace the Google-y operating system. Sense has both the visual and response speed sides to almost match iOS in immediacy and design quality. In addition, Sense 7 offers extended personalization options with the use of customizable themes, as well as staples of HTC's user experience, such as BlinkFeed and HTC Zoe. Sense 7 is a delight!



But so is iOS 8. Although that translucent "crystal palace" of a design aesthetic masterminded by Sir Jonny Ive does not appeal to everyone, iOS 8 is very user-friendly (even if some its common features lie hidden in plain sight for some reason), quite fully-featured, and extremely fast on the iPhone 6. There's not much more an Apple devotee could want from it, although Android loyals will be quick to point out the lack of customization options, the limited 3rd party app support, and other quirks Apple's programmers are yet to jump through.


Processor and memory


Continuing its partnership with US chipmaker Qualcomm, HTC enlisted its latest creation - the mighty octa-core Snapdragon 810 - for the duty of powering its 2015 flagship. It gave it a roomy 3GB of RAM, and by resisting the urge to stick a power-hungry 1440p display, HTC practically made the M9 a playground for Qualcomm's fiery chip-beast! We expect really good performance out of the One M9 thanks to its blistering spec sheet. In addition, the M9 has 32 gigabytes of expandable internal storage.

So far, so good! The iPhone 6 looks decidedly "few years ago" with its dual-core A8 chip and barebones 1GB of RAM, but make no mistake, this smartphone packs a punch thanks to Apple's extensive optimization of iOS 8, which saw the addition of the Metal graphics api. It lets recent iPhones output console quality graphics that normally require three times the hardware power to run on Android. Not only that, but the iPhone 6 is just fast in general usage as well. The only thing stopping it dead in its tracks is 4K video - it doesn't record it, and it neither plays it, at least by official means. Meanwhile, the HTC One M9 dances circles around 4K cameras thanks to Qualcomm's efforts in supporting ultra high-resolution content. That, and one more thing.

Camera


What was that thing we speak of? Why, it's the HTC One M9's whopping 20MP dual-tone flash camera, which succeeds the HTC One (M8)'s underwhelming 4MP UltraPixel cam - now relocated on the front and playing second fiddle as the selfie cam. The imaging sensor is made by Toshiba and it's said to have square-shaped pixels, which end up being bigger than good ol' rectangular ones and thus have better light-soaking abilities. Now where have we heard that before... oh, well! So far, our experience with the One M9's camera, and the leaked camera samples are both rather promising!



The iPhone 6, though, is stubbornly stuck with the 8MP iSight camera of yesteryea. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - right, Apple? Well, the truth is that the iPhone still comes up with some of the nicest photos you can get out of a smartphone, and that's mostly due to Apple's programmers knowing the camera sensor like the back of their collective hand, pushing it to its best. However, the iPhone is really taking its time getting to the 4K video recording game, not to mention that anyone looking for photos bigger than 8MP will have to jump onto the Android boat for the time being.


Battery life


The HTC One M9 ships with a 2840mAh non-replaceable battery unit, and we are rather optimistic towards its eventual battery test result. A combination of large capacity battery, 1080p display, and modern, power-efficient processor can only lead to an impressive score! Alas, the One M9 seems to be skipping on the fast charging goodness for now.

As for the iPhone 6, its lesser 1810mAh unit drove it into a disappointing five hours of on-screen action in our battery test result. Nothing is perfect, and if the iPhone 6 has a true Achilles' heel, it has to be its battery life. Then again, that's nothing a decent battery case or power bank cannot resolve.

Expectations


With the HTC One M9 beginning sales in late Match, Apple will have another gorgeous, powerful flagship Android smartphone stealing the iPhone 6's spotlight to deal with. Then again, with Apple being Apple, we suspect it will be too busy trumpeting the upcoming iWatch as its next big thing to bother with smartphone competition - although with CEO Tim Cook sleeping 4 hours a night, there's no way Apple will turn a blind eye to the competition's ever-increasing efforts!

Related phones

iPhone 6
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)
One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)

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17 Comments

1. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

same htc shame htc

3. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

i really thought htc would gear up this time and show some new devices but it's all same...probably samsung may have paid htc design engineers and peter chau to step back and do nothing new

9. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I am confused, what is it you had expected? a triangular phone? Phones are pretty well established as a rectangle, and it is honestly insanely limited how you can keep "redesigning" a rectangular phone. So honestly, what were you expecting? race stripes? why change a solid design?

2. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Two best looking phones on market for me.

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This with the addition of the S6 Edge and Huawei's flagships.

10. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Could be. Didnt see edge yet but I think it will be good looking phone. From Huawei I really like ascend mate 7 look but it is too big for my taste.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1533; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

PA stop it just stop it......You just did this article like 13 minutes ago.http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-One-M9-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-vs-Apple-iPhone-6-Plus-specs-comparison_id66599. There's nothing else to write about. Just stop it all your doing is making the iPhone 6 look like phone of the year next to the M9.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

They want to become richer with ad revenue. Too bad I'm using AdBlock. ;)

7. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

so do i lol

8. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

24 ads in this page lol

13. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

Νο, 41

15. ankiipankii

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

i think it's region based

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1533; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

+1 me too. I would understand if the phone had so many features but come one PA just let it go. This just makes you an attention sl@t.

11. zig8100

Posts: 243; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

IPhone 6 phone of the year? Go to bed!

14. Limcheethiam

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 23, 2015

Its design almost same as M8, dare not to come out new design, and most important, heavy and thick. Out!

16. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

At the end of the day depends on what you want iOS or Android. And if software is not your thing... Sound/4k it is then alongside HTC sense UI which in my book ain't no better than that... If you exclude Stock Android ofc.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31364; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man that M9 is sexy.

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